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Focusing on narrative storytelling in an environment designed to simulate the world of the professional screenwriter, Screenwriting Fellows find their unique voices, while learning the essence of working as part of a creative team.

The heart of the Screenwriting program lies in the relationship between the Fellow and the exemplary faculty who serve as teachers and mentors, guiding and supporting each writer's development in an intimate workshop setting. In the core Screenwriting Workshops, Fellows grow as cinematic storytellers through critique and analysis of their work by faculty and peers.

The First Year begins with an immersion in the production process in order for writers to learn how screenplays are visualized. Initially writing short screenplays — one of which will be the basis for a First Year production — Screenwriting Fellows collaborate with Producing and Directing Fellows to see their work move from page to screen. By the end of the First Year, Fellows write a feature-length screenplay.

Second Year Fellows may develop for television in addition to writing theatrical films. They also have the opportunity to work closely with their peers from other disciplines, by either writing a script for Second Year thesis projects or by participating with Directing and Producing Fellows in developing thesis portfolio material.


FIRST YEAR CURRICULUM

PRN 510: Introduction to Cycle Production – Boot Camp
First Term | 4 Credit Hours

Intensive introductory workshop on the fundamentals of story, cycle production, critical analysis, and collaborative processes. All discipline Fellows collaborate on production exercises as well as receive specialized instruction from their particular program's point of view. Screenwriting Fellows write short scripts to be utilized in later production workshops.

PRN 511: Cycle Production I
First Term | 4 Credit Hours

A workshop wherein Fellows team to form production groups that produce a short narrative project on digital video. Screenwriting Fellows contribute short screenplays to be produced as well as work on crew in order to strengthen on set experience and understanding of the physical production process of visual storytelling.

PRN 512: Cycle Production II & III
Second Term | 8 Credit Hours

A continuing production workshop wherein Fellows team to produce two short narrative projects. First Year screenwriters must contribute to the collaborative process and contribute writing and re-writing support, as well as crew support.

PRN 521 & 522: Narrative Workshop and Analysis
First and Second Terms | 6 Credit Hours Total

A companion workshop to Cycle Production I & II, Narrative Workshop is a core component of the First Year Program. All Fellows participate in a general discussion forum as well as a separate analysis session with their respective individual team members. Particular emphasis is given to the exposition of narrative elements and themes through the use of image, sound, movement, lighting, design, writing and editing strategies. The team also participates in a production review meeting.

SCR 511 & 512: Screenwriting Workshop and Conference
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

The Screenwriting workshop emphasizes telling a story cinematically in terms of action and the reality of characters portrayed. The difference between the literary and visual medium is explored through individual writing projects and group analysis.

SCR 521 & 522: The Art and Craft of Screenwriting/Dramatic Analysis/ Acting Techniques for Screenwriters
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

A topic based seminar that examines fundamental conventions in Screenwriting story and character development, basic structure, characteristics of established genres, particularities of television forms and related areas. The First Term workshop also provides an overview of fundamental terminology, resources, tools and techniques that are essential to the professional screenwriter. Basics of screenwriting in terms of form and structure are outlined in a series of illustrated lecture presentations. The Second Term workshop provides Screenwriting Fellows with a basic introduction to acting and performance in order to inform the writing process. Staged readings of scenes for the Fellows work show how the written word transitions from page to performance.

SCR 531 & SCR 532: The Great Screenplays
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours

This seminar studies the "great" screenplays. Various genres are studied through close examination of works acknowledged as classics. How these great works have withstood the test of time and connected with audiences across social and cultural barriers will be a central focus of the seminar.

CON 511 & 512: Master Seminars
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

The Master Seminars present leading figures from all aspects of the motion picture, television and digital media arts. The seminars are designed to provide Fellows with a broad and varied perspective on the contemporary motion picture arts and profession. Active participation and attendance is required.

CON 521 & 522: American Approaches to Film
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

This seminar and screening series provides a broad survey of American cinema in order to explore the aesthetic, cultural, historical and social phenomenon of the motion picture arts. Active participation and attendance is required.

First Year Portfolio Review

Upon review of the First Year work, Faculty invites Fellows to continue to the Second Year and candidacy for the Master of Fine Arts Degree or Certificate of Completion. The portfolio review is conducted by Screenwriting faculty through a formal interview with each Screenwriting Fellow, which results in a recommendation regarding future work in the program.

SECOND YEAR CURRICULUM

SCR 611 & 612: Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
in conjunction with SCR 690 | First and Second Terms | 6 Credit Hours Total

In this intensive workshop seminar, each Screenwriting Fellow develops a thesis portfolio consisting of two written works; one must be a feature length screenplay and the other may be a second feature length screenplay or a teleplay, or a produced thesis screenplay. The course concentrates on perfecting the screenwriter's craft. Scripts are analyzed in class with special attention to story structure, character, screen dialogue, and narrative development. The Fellow develops and completes drafts of the two works in round-table participation, analysis and evaluation with faculty and their peers. Each week, material from the Fellows is examined in detail, in a story conference conducted by the faculty. Fellows read each other's works prior to this weekly story conference.

SCR 621 & 622: Advanced Art and Craft of Screenwriting: Workshop/Lecture
First and Second Years | 4 Credit Hours Total

SCR 621.1: Advanced Art and Craft of Screenwriting: Workshop

This workshop has two components: a lecture component focusing on practical tools and techniques of the screenwriting creative process and a participatory workshop focusing on the development of effective pitching tools and techniques for the screenwriter. Both components seek to provide practical information and experience of the contemporary professional practice of screenwriting. Each component is evaluated separately and is allocated 1 credit hour per term.

SCR 622.1: Advanced Art and Craft of Screenwriting: Second Year Workshop

This workshop has two components: a lecture component focusing on practical tools and techniques of the screenwriting creative process and a participatory workshop focusing on the development of effective pitching tools and techniques for the screenwriter. Both components seek to provide practical information and experience of the contemporary professional practice of screenwriting. Each component is evaluated separately and is allocated 1 credit hour per term.

SCR 631: Writing for TV – Comedy
First Term | 1 Credit Hour | Elective

Course description TBD

SCR 632 Creating the TV Pilot
Second Term | 1 Credit Hour | Elective

This workshop focuses on primary contemporary television forms such as the hour-long dramatic teleplay. The workshop provides basic instruction in the development and writing of these forms through a variety of individual and group projects.

SCR 641: Writing for TV – Drama
First Term | 1 Credit Hour | Elective

The drama workshop focuses on primary contemporary television forms such as the hour-long dramatic teleplay. The workshop provides basic instruction in the development and writing of these forms through a variety of individual and group projects.

SCR 670: Internship Practicum
Term TBA | 1 Credit Hour | Elective or Required

This is an internship course that may become a required course for credit as recommended by the discipline Faculty Mentor. All aspects of this internship must be an integral part of the Fellow's discipline curriculum. The objective of this course is to provide working experience in the approved film/TV profession as it pertains specifically to the Fellow's discipline and degree/certificate requirements. Specific duties and requirements will be outlined and supervised by the Faculty Mentor. This internship qualifies an international Fellow for Curriculum Practical Training; approval must be obtained by the International Advisor, as well as the Faculty Mentor and Dean, prior to enrolling in the course.

SCR 690: Screenwriting Thesis Portfolio
in conjunction with SCR 611 & 612 | First, Second and Summer Terms | 20 Credit Hours total

Each Screenwriting Fellow is required to present a portfolio of completed Second Year work, which is evaluated and approved for graduation by the Senior Faculty. The portfolio is developed in the Advanced Screenwriting Workshop and consists of two written works described in SCR 611 & 612. If a Screenwriting Fellow is approved to team on a thesis production, the work on the production will be considered a required component of the Screenwriting Fellow's thesis portfolio. After the portfolio of Second Year work has been reviewed, each Fellow is required to present a Thesis Script. A Thesis Script must be a feature length screenplay. A Thesis Script is not a thesis film; it cannot be a TV script. Co-written material is not acceptable.

CON 621 & 622: World Approaches to Film
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

This second year seminar and screening series provides a broad survey of international cinema in order to explore the aesthetic, cultural, historical and social phenomenon of the motion picture arts. Active participation and attendance is required.

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